Postgraduate study

Transfusion, Transplantation and Tissue Banking Subject to approval

Awards: Subject to approval

Funding opportunities

This programme in under review and not currently accepting applications. More details will be provided here as they become available.

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant biological science. You should also have at least two years' experience working in a relevant discipline, in a healthcare setting, and currently be working in a transfusion, transplantation or tissue-banking environment.

We will also consider candidates who do not meet the above qualifications provided they are practising Biomedical or Clinical scientists registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) or international equivalent.

In addition you must have professional qualifications to a suitable level with a relevant profession (e.g. The British Blood Transfusion, Society or the Institute of Biomedical Science for example.) Please check with the programme team before applying as these applications are considered on a case by case basis.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

English language tests

For 2021 entry we will accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS Academic: total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT (including Special Home Edition): total 100 (at least 23 in each module). We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 176 in each module)
  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components

Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

Degrees taught and assessed in English

We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:

We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries.

If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study.

Find out more about our language requirements:

You will be responsible for securing funding to cover all your tuition fees, additional fees and living costs for the duration of your studies. For guidelines on living costs see:

UK government postgraduate loans

If you live in the UK, you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan from one of the UK’s governments. The type and amount of financial support you are eligible for will depend on your programme, the duration of your studies, and your residency status. (Programmes studied on a part-time intermittent basis are not eligible.)

Other funding opportunities

Search for scholarships and funding opportunities:

  • Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service
  • The Jack Copland Centre, 52 Research Avenue North
  • Heriot-Watt Research Park
  • Edinburgh
  • EH14 4BE

Further information

  • Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service
  • The Jack Copland Centre, 52 Research Avenue North
  • Heriot-Watt Research Park
  • Edinburgh
  • EH14 4BE